Tuesday, July 29, 2014


As I mentioned in my previous post, this past weekend I had the opportunity to spend time with a special friend with whom I played music back in my college days, David Grisman. I had the chance to give my Fuji X-T1 a workout in a concert environment with the 55-200 mm lens. First time on the X-T1, although I have used the lens on the X-Pro1. All the shots were made with the optical image stabilization, otherwise the ISO would have been at 6400 and the shutter speed too slow for crisp images.


This is an old Bill Monroe pose:

The new David Grisman Sextet:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

David Grisman At Caramoor

I had a wonderful opportunity this past Friday night to visit with an old friend and bandmate, David Grisman, who was performing at the Caramoor Arts Center in New York. David and I played in the New York Ramblers, a city bluegrass band, for about two years. During that time, in 1964, we performed at the Union Grove Old Time Fiddler's Contest and came home with an assortment of ribbons and the World Championship trophy for that year. Shortly thereafter we performed at NY City's folk mecca, Gerde's Folk City and that summer at the Newport Folk Festival.

The band stayed together for a little while after I left to play fiddle for Bill Monroe. David played with an assortment of ensembles and began to develop his own style, which he later dubbed Dawg Music. He began his own recording label, Acoustic Disc, and has tons of material available for free download on his website Dawgnet.

I had some great opportunities to photograph him during the sound check and performance. Between sets backstage he posed for me on a small stage sitting between a grand piano (on his right - duhhh) and a Theramin (on his left). That strange contraption above his head is the Theramin's speaker.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We Are Divorced!

I was hanging out on the corner of Spring street and West Broadway when I heard this loud yacking female voice approaching me. When I turned this is what I saw. She was telling her husband that on no uncertain terms they were divorced. And she was waiting for the check ..... life is good.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Garry Winogrand At The Met

Brutal heat in NYC makes shooting street a bit intense. I went into the city yesterday to have sushi with a friend and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to cool off a bit. The Garry Winogrand retrospective that began in California and traveled to Washington DC is now on exhibit at the Met museum. Here's a few shots I took at the show. Fuji X-T1 in low light performed quite to my satisfaction. I had to use image stabilization with the slow shutter speeds, and that bought me two extra stops.

Looking at each other:

I couldn't resist this one:

Checking out the exposure (yeah, right!):

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hot Summer Day with my X-T1

Hard to do much walking in NYC in this heat. After wandering for a while yesterday, I found a good spot on Spring Street and let the action come to me.

Excuse me?

Excuse me(2)?

Think about it ....

Mmmmm ....legs .....

Doo Wop Singers


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Crown Heights - Day 3, A Cool Dude

As I continue my exploration of the Chabad-Lubavitcher cultuyre in Crown Heights, I continue to be surprised by the differences with the Satmar Chasids of Williamsburg. The Williamsburg community has sought to crete an insular community sealed off from the rest of the world except for the contact that is necessary to bring in resources to allow it to flourish. When I walk the streets in Williamsburg, except in a few instances, I'm eyed with suspicion and condescension. The culture of Satmar is very inwardly directed. They've created their own shtetl and want to be left alone.

The Chabad-Liubavitcher, on the other hand, are very outwardly directed. They work to bring the teachings of their rebbe, Menachim Schneerson, to other Jews and are much more open and accepting of those that don't quite see spirituality the same way. When I'm in Williamsburg I suspect the Satmars look at me as though I'm not even Jewish because I don't live their way. The Chabad-Lubavitcher reach out to meet others on some common ground and draw them in. On this most recent visit to Crown Heights, when I visited the synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway, a young man approached me to ask about my cameras and why I was taking pictures, not to dissuade me from shooting, but out of a curiosity about my mission. And by the way, he asked me if I had put on tfilin that day, a daily practice that they encourage, and when I answered that, indeed, I had (honest, I did) he was genuinely pleased. I look forward to going back there.

Some photos I was given by the people that day:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sacred Moment

Some things are just so important .....